My buddy and I were goofing around on the job site. There was debris and clutter lying around. He pushed me over and I landed on a nail sticking out of a board. It went through my foot".
"I used to do cleanup for a construction company. One guy I knew was working outside - two stories up - without a harness. Before I could say anything, he slipped, fell, and landed on top of some plywood with a nail sticking up. The nail pierced his kidney".
Just like at home, waste, debris, mud, and dirt can be obstacles and make work that much harder. Poor housekeeping can cause accidents and serious injuries to yourself and others. These injuries can lead to you missing work, working with pain, or not being able to work at all. By doing good housekeeping you can prevent slips, trips, falls and other injuries.
How to Keep Yourself Safe
You are responsible for following the training and safe work practices of your teachers and employers.
1. Get Trained On
The importance of good housekeeping because clean worksites are safer
Follow your jobsite procedures for safe handling of materials
Your job site procedures for safer ways to lift, carry, handle materials, and remove waste
Good housekeeping practices such as separating:
General waste and trash from hazardous waste such as used oil, oily rags, and acids
Combustible from noncombustible scraps and materials. Keep combustibles in containers with lids to prevent ignition
Use gloves to protect hands
How to protect yourself from housekeeping hazards, including the wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
2. Make Good Choices
Always follow your training
Foot wear to avoid slips, trips, and falls.
Fitting gloves when handling materials or wastes
Always cleanup during the day as you work by picking up and placing wastes and debris in bins and labeled receptacles. Also, clean up at the end of each shift.
Remove or bend nails prior to disposal or storage of materials
Coil and remove extension cords, lines, and hoses from doors and entrances
Return tools not used to the gang box
Clean up spills right away
Keep walkways, stairways, ladders, and areas around buildings free of materials, debris, mud and dirt
Do not throw waste, materials or tools from elevated work locations. Check first with your supervisor or teacher for the proper procedure.
Cap ends of all exposed rebar
Store and chain compressed gas cylinders in upright position
Talk to you teacher or supervisor if you:
Are not sure how to safely handle debris or other materials